COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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 Poland - Profile Updates


1. Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments

In 2014 a new Minister of Culture and National Heritage was elected who plans to fight for lower prices of access to live culture, especially for marginalised groups, as well as the progress in digitization and sharing of culture for free, on the web.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

Poland has appealed for new domains to be added to ERDF funding criteria specific to the cultural sector in Poland.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

Cultural workers held a strike in May, seeking a specific pension scheme for the sector and overturning of cuts.

Poland/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

The needs and development of the creative industries are adressed in a new report.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.8 Social cohesion and cultural policies

A new Strategy for Social Capital Development aims to support active citizenship and enhance creativity of Poles.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

Polish artists turned to producers of smartphones and tablets with a proposal to introduce a tax on mobile devices, which didn't received positive reactions from the producers and the Ministry of Culture.

Poland/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

Wroclaw will be European Capital of Culture for 2016.

Poland/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

Amendments to the Tax Law will have a negative impact on creative artists allowances.

Poland/ 6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

In 2013, public expenditure on culture and national heritage protection was 0.8% less than 2012.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

The share of the total budget allocated to culture and national heritage protection decreased from 0.52% in 2012 to 0.50% in 2013.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

A new voluntary ‘Cultural Sponsoring Code’ has been signed to aid both sides in managing sponsorship.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

A report on company giving shows poor support for the cultural sector but recommends ways to change this.

Poland/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure

7.1 Cultural infrastructure: tendencies & strategies

The number of libraries and theaters is decreasing while the number of cultural centres is growing between 2012 and 2013.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

A new report on living conditions in Poland indicates that there is a decline in ability to pay for culture and in interest.